One of the doctors who helped lead Louisville Metro’s COVID-19 response has died.
Metro officials announced Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage’s death Friday morning. She was associate medical director at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
“Dr. Hartlage will be remembered in our community as a deeply compassionate, inspiring leader who switched to public health in the midst of a historic public health crisis and took command of an amazing team of urban workers and volunteers to vaccinate tens of thousands of people in previously unimaginable short time, “Wrote Mayor Greg Fischer in a press release.
Hartlage played a prominent role at the city’s COVID-19 news conferences. She also helped manage the efforts of LouVaxthe city’s mass vaccination center at Broadbent Arena.
“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage,” wrote Dr. Sarah Moyer, Director of Public Health and Wellness. “Our hearts and prayers are with her family as well as the many staff, partners and volunteers who have worked closely with her over the past two years.”
Delanor Manson, CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association, worked with Hartlage to develop vaccination and staffing strategies at LouVax. She said Hartlage’s ability to explain complex information about the virus made a difference in society.
“SarahBeth was a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure. Especially in terms of public health and how she viewed her responsibility for public health in the Louisville Metro area, ”Manson said.
“It’s a loss to society, it’s a loss to public health, and it’s to those of us who worked closely with her and had no idea that the last time we spoke would be the last time we had a chance to interact with her genius. and her care. “
Metro officials did not release details of her death in the announcement.